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The 7 D’s of Success in the Olympics and Business


I have really been enjoying watching the Olympics this past week. They always encourage and inspire me to greater heights in my business, and as I thought about it I realized that there are a lot of similarities between running a business and doing a long distance race, whether it is running, swimming or biking. One thing I know for sure, running a business is NOT A SPRINT, and if you treat it like one you will burn out before you even get a chance to see any results. So let’s take a look at what it takes to win, and a lot of it has to do with how you deal with each of these 7 D’s.

Success isn’t some magical formula reserved for a few special people, but it is also only achieved by a few because only a few are willing to pay the cost to get there.
1. Determination

It is one of the most important things that you can have in this business. It is what will give you the endurance to make it through the rest of the D’s. Decide in your heart today that no matter what happens you will succeed and achieve the life of your dreams.

2. Discipline

Discipline & determination go together. Consider determination your mental state and discipline actually doing the physical actions it takes to get there. Of all the things in my business discipline is probably the least fun. Pushing myself to get out and prospect when I don’t feel like it, or making those phone calls at night when I am tired, but then discipline kicks in and I do the actions I need to, see the results and am happy because I am one step closer to where I want to be.

3. Disorganized

When you are disorganized it makes it hard to keep track of everything in your business. It also causes a lot of frustration especially when a lead wants you to call and you can’t find the phone number because you wrote it on a piece of paper and you lost it. Another aspect of organization is having your calendar planned with continuous prospecting activities so that your funnel is always full. If you are disorganized you won’t succeed, because you won’t know where to start.

4. Disappointment

There will be times when things won’t go the way you expect, like you didn’t win the contest, or the sales you were sure you were going to get, didn’t come through, or someone promises you they will do something and they don’t. Disappointment can also come in the form of someone not supporting you the way they should, or not realizing that what you do is important. The biggest thing about disappointment is recognizing it and dealing with it quickly, so that you can get back to working your business.

5. Distraction

As a business owner you have so many things to do and it is so easy to get caught up with things that keep you busy, but don’t produce any results. I have to constantly look at my business and my activities with a laser sharp focus. There are many times that I need to decide if what I am doing is worth it or not. Are they adding value to my business or just dead weight that looks pretty. Ultimately 100% of you activities should fall into 1 of 5 of these categories with number 1 and 2 being the most important.

  1. Prospecting/Recruiting
  2. Appointing/Signing up new people
  3. Training your team how to sell
  4. Developing their prospecting skills
  5. Recognition

And as much as I love social media, just talking to people all day on Facebook is not prospecting, unless of course you are talking to people who are genuinely interested in your opportunity.

6. Delays & DetoursIf you think that you can become successful in business without delays, obstacles or detours, you are wrong.

If you think that you can become successful in business without delays, obstacles or detours, you are wrong. They are going to come especially when you are dealing with people and technology. I know what you are thinking right now, “That’s my whole business.” Exactly.

So what do you do when they happen? The first thing is not to panic. Stop, take some deep breaths and calm yourself down. When you panic the problem seems a lot bigger than it is. Second, you have to realize that there isn’t any delay or detour that can keep you from reaching your goal. Third, there is a solution. With every obstacle, there is always a way around, through, over or under. Fourth, they are only temporary. You can either change it or it will go away. The worst thing you can do is give up just because it gets hard. The hard times are where you grow into the person that can handle success and really appreciate it.

7. Dog Gone Tired

It is so easy to get so busy that you wear yourself out. Balance and endurance are very important if you are going to win this race called success. Setting yourself a schedule that is repeatedly doable, including rest and relaxation is very important. If you don’t do it you will be so tired that you won’t enjoy it and your effectiveness will be greatly decreased. If you find that you are getting tired then take a short break. Even 1 day of rest can do wonders for you. Don’t take too much, because then you won’t get back into the game.

Success isn’t some magical formula reserved for a few special people, but it is also only achieved by a few because only a few are willing to pay the cost to get there. At the Olympics we get to see the final result, which is the excitement and the medals. What we don’t see is the years and sometimes decades of unseen hard work that it took to get there. It is the same with those who are successful in MLM, you see them now and where they are at, but they also had years where no one even new their name and they were just out there working their business.

It is my hope that this blog post has helped you and encouraged you.

To Your Success,
Love Ya,
Kim Thompson-Pinder


Kim has many years experience in the MLM/Network Marketing/Direct Sales business. Her specialties are building in a local market and educating/equipping business owners for success. Check out Kim’s Free 7 Day Email Course Exploding Your Business Online.



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  1. KimPinder

    Thank you HBRN for the opportunity to share what I know with your listeners. I consider it an honour to serve.

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